Korn and Slipknot Prepare For Hell And Tour
Rock musicians sell fantasies. Their music and live shows offer fans the chance to escape their normal world and step into one built on consumption and excess.
For example, a band like Aerosmith offers an escape built on sex and drugs. An artist like Drake is all about confidence and opulence. One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer promise puppy love and chaste romance.
Each artist sells a different fantasy, but they are all pretty much the same or at least the other side of the coin. There are, however, musical entities that present fans with getaways far different than those offered by most guitar groups, hip hop artists, and boy bands. There are bands that don’t enthrall their worshiping throngs with the traditional trappings of sex, drugs, rock and roll. Instead, they appeal to those with a penchant for the macabre and a passion for the grisly.
Two of the best at scaring the bejeebers out of their fans, or at least representing all the things that go bump in the night, are Korn and Slipknot. Interestingly, those two bands are joining forces this autumn for a tour of North America.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this. Not only do we get to tour with friends who we respect, we’ve also chosen a band that represents the fury of the future. Slipknot is coming to your town. And hell’s coming with us.” – Corey Taylor, Slipknot’s lead vocalist
Their jaunt begins Oct. 29 in El Paso, Texas at the El Paso County Coliseum. Including that Lone Star State concert, the bands have 24 dates on their calendar.
The highlight of their tour has to be their concert in Dallas on Halloween night. To experience the mayhem, just follow the ghouls and goblins to the Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Other dates fans will want to know include Korn and Slipknot in Denver on Nov. 11, Korn and Slipknot in Chicago on Nov. 28, and Korn and Slipknot in East Rutherford on Dec. 6.
The bedlam is not confined to the United States. Korn and Slipknot perform in Toronto, at the Air Canada Centre, on Nov. 30. It’s their only stop in the Great White North.
Their spree ends Dec. 7 when they rock Boston and the Paul E. Tsongas Arena.
Korn and Slipknot have appeared together at various festivals but this is the first time they joined forces for an extended tour.
The bands are calling their excursion “Prepare For Hell.” It’s being promoted by a poster of a young woman dressed in a clingy white frock. She has a wide band of red around the base of her neck, her skin is ashen, and she’s holding goat horns in each hand. The horns are attached to goats but it’s hard to tell if they’re alive or dead.
Take this whatever way you want, but Slipknot’s name is on top of the poster. Above Korn’s name (which is located on the bottom half of the graphic), in small print, is the phrase “with our brothers.” All the literature surrounding their tour indicates that it’s a co-headlining venture but the described artwork seems to contradict that notion.
While both bands are legends, I’d think Korn would be the ipso facto headliner because they’ve been around longer, released more studio albums (sold more too), and have reached the top of the Billboard 200 more often (just one more time but Korn does have ten top ten albums to their name).
I certainly wouldn’t want to follow Korn. Even if you have a bunch of hits like Tom Petty or Journey, you probably don’t want to take the stage after one of Korn’s high energy performances (what Petty or Journey are doing on the same marquee as Korn is anyone’s guess).
Then again, if I’m Korn, the last band I’d want to follow is Slipknot. Heck, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan don’t want to follow Slipknot. The only thing that should follow a Slipknot set is a team of medical personnel doing triage (that’s meant as a compliment).
Slipknot’s live show is probably the most dynamic, energetic, and chaotic live show of all-time in any genre. Even if you don’t like their music, you have to admit that a Slipknot concert (while definitely not for the faint of heart) is a bucket list candidate.
With their machine-gun style riffs, thunderous drumming, and creepy masks, a Slipknot concert is part rock show, part cult ritual, and part Armageddon. Some groups warn that when they come to your town fathers should lock up their daughters, but when Slipknot comes to your town you should lock up everything and pray they don’t stay too long.
That is, of course, hyperbole. Slipknot and Korn are ultimately harmless. Your sons and daughters will be fine before, during, and after they visit your town. Yet, part of their charm is they’re scary. In a day and age of bloated rock groups and anodyne boy bands, Korn and Slipknot are a refreshing alternative to the banalities of popular music.
In many ways, Korn and Slipknot are one of the few acts that still embody the original ethos of the genre—rebellion, deconstruction, and fearlessness.
The Paradigm Shift
Korn will be supporting their eleventh studio album, The Paradigm Shift. The opus dropped in October of 2013. The work has produced three singles: “Never Never,” “Spike in My Veins,” and “Hater (World Tour Edition only).”
.5: The Gray Chapter
Slipknot is looking to move their fifth studio offering, .5: The Gray Chapter. The collection of new tunes is set to hit the streets on Oct. 21. It’s Slipknot’s first album in half-a-dozen years as well as their first without Paul Gray. He died of a drug overdose on May 24, 2010. It’s also the band’s first studio effort without drummer Joey Jordison. Both musicians were with Slipknot long before the release of their debut LP.
The band tapped to prepare audiences for the “Prepare for Hell” tour is King 810. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, the quartet will entertain fans with selections from their debut album Memoirs of a Murderer. The work contains tracks called “Killem All,” “War Outside,” and “Murder Murder Murder.”
On Memoirs of a Murderer, King 810 sings about life in Flint. That may sound like a joke, but the band is dead serious. Lead singer David Gunn was shot during an attempted robbery. Apparently, Flint is a very violent city (and King 810 is a very violent band). Adam Graham, writing for the Detroit News, said King 810 “is doing for Flint what N.W.A. did for Compton.” In case you hadn’t guessed, “810” is the area code for Flint, Michigan.
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